Hi my name is Claire and I have been running my registered childminding business (Munchkinos) since October 2008. I have four children aged between 3 and 14. I am registered with the CSSIW and PACEY.
My children have been brought up with me childminding and as well as welcoming children into our home they have become firm friends.
I have all of the required qualifications as well as many others .I strongly believe in attending new courses to further my knowledge and understanding of childrens and parents needs.
The children in my care receive home cooked , well balanced and nutritious meals and snacks. I have been inspected by the local environmental health office and received a level 5 hygiene certificate.I am currently participating in the Healthy and Sustainable Pre School Scheme which looks at the best way to introduce children to a healthy life style through a balanced diet and exercise. This is taught through music, story telling and games. I am also a member of Design To Smile which promotes good dental hygiene. As a mum who has breastfed 4 children I am fully supportive of those who wish to continue breastfeeding when they return to work. I am registered with the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme and am more than happy to offer any support that I can. I am also 'Real Nappy' friendly.
During the week we visit local playgroups, song and rhyme time, the park and soft play areas. We also go on woodland and canal walks and enjoy messy welly walks, where we can splash and have lots of fun. Baking and creating many wonderful pictures, models and puppets are also firm favourites.
As children learn best through play this is the focal point of my planning. I have two play rooms full of age appropriate toys, role play areas and lots of dressing up costumes. We also do lots of singing and playing musical instruments. Counting and colours are learnt through song and games in both English and Welsh.
I provide parents with a daily dairy, this informs parents of what their child has enjoyed throughout the day, also what food they ate. The diary is a great way of keeping information flowing between myself and parents and also an informative developmental record.
Older children can enjoy art and craft activities, board games, den building,cooking and even cinema club. There are also games consoles available should the children wish to play with them.
I also have a large and varied collection of books that we read together or independently. They range from birth to young adult and include many family favourites..
We also visit lots of other places such as Margam Park,Gnoll Park, Aberavon Seafront, Waterfront Museum and The Riverside Centre. Days out have included Caswell Bay, Plantesia, Pantomine and visits to see 'The Snow Dragon','The Gruffulo' , 'Room On The Broom', " What The Ladybird Heard" and many more.
I have a safe enclosed garden that is full of out door toys including large ride on toys, a slide, climbing block, play house and even a stage. Half of the area is covered with safety playmats to allow children to explore and develop their gross motor skills safely. The area can be ( and is) used in all weather . We enjoy using the pogo stick, circus equipment , den building and making mud pies in our mud kitchen.
We also have 2 Guinea Pigs, 2 rabbits and 2 quail. We are hoping to incorporate a petting corner within our garden in the very near future. The children will be able to learn how to look after the animals and will be able to enjoy the interaction with them ( should parents wish them to).
Provided by Claire Louise Nicholls-De Freitas - Childminder.